Working with transforms

InfoPrint Manager provides transform programs for these data streams:

  • Printer control language (PCL)
  • PostScript
  • Portable document format (PDF)
  • Tag image file format (TIFF)
  • Joint photographic experts group (JPEG)
  • Graphic interchange format (GIF)
  • Line (ASCII, both formatted and unformatted)
  • Double Byte text stream
  • Personalized Print Markup Language (PPML)
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML)

These transforms also support color management:

  • ps2afp
  • jpeg2afp
  • tiff2afp
  • gif2afp

The transforms convert the incoming data stream into the Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) format.

When a job in any of these formats is submitted to print on a PSF printer, InfoPrint Manager automatically invokes the appropriate transform. You can also run the transforms from the Command Prompt window without printing the generated output. You might find this useful if you intend to print the job later. You can also use these transforms in transform objects and transform-sequences associated with actual destinations. For more information about this function, see Configuring custom steps (transforms). Jobs print more quickly if they have already been transformed.

Most transforms have flags or option keywords that you can use to specify processing information. For a list of the flags or options and values for each transform, see the InfoPrint Manager: Reference. Configuration files, environment variables, and user-exit programs allow you to specify processing information for InfoPrint Manager to use when it invokes the transform automatically. You can also use configuration files and environment variables instead of typing flags on the command line whenever you run a transform.

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